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Detective Series Worth Investigating

3 images of mystery series

3 images of mystery series

As winter is settling in, it’s that time of year where curling up with a good book or a good movie is a particularly good idea.  For the many mystery lovers in our library, the list at the bottom of the page is meant to highlight either the first seasons of some of the great mystery series we have in our collection or short-run mini-series that are available.


Whether you are looking for a certain style of mystery such as a cozy or light mystery that wraps up in an episode or two (Murdoch Mysteries, Agatha Raisin, Death in Paradise), a longer enigmatic story thread that weaves its way through a series or a season (Broadchurch, Scott and Bailey), a darker thriller with interesting characters (Chasing Shadows, Line of Duty), a more irreverent style of mystery (Midsomer Murders, Brokenwood Mysteries), a clever puzzler (Inspector Lewis, Sherlock), a police procedural (Prime Suspect, In the Dark, Loch Ness), a noir style mystery (Jericho of Scotland Yard), or a cold case investigation (Unforgotten, Department Q Trilogy), you are bound to find something to your taste in our library.


Perhaps you’re looking for a mystery set in a certain time period or a particular setting.  George Gently is a terrific series with well-developed characters set in Northern England in the 1960s.  I would definitely recommend it for anyone who either grew up in the ‘60s or just enjoys that time period.  Interested in travelling through time with your mysteries?  Try these:  1890s (Murdoch Mysteries), 1920s (Frankie Drake Mysteries, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries), 1930s (And Then There Were None), 1940s (Foyle’s War), 1950s (Bletchley Circle, Doctor Blake Mysteries, WPC 56), 1960s (Endeavour), 1970s (Prime Suspect Tennison), 1980s (Code of a Killer). 


Want to travel to another place with your mysteries?     


Maybe you’re looking for an adaptation based on your favourite author’s work such as Peter Robinson (DCI Banks), Elizabeth George (Inspector Lynley Mysteries), Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) (C.B. Strike: the series), Jussi Adler-Olsen (Department Q Trilogy), or Ann Cleeves (Shetland) or (Vera).


In addition to DVDs, some titles are available as streaming videos such as Foyle’s War, Vera, Level, Code of a Killer, East West 101, George Gently, Line of Duty, Chasing Shadows, Loch Ness, Commander


Though most of the series listed are in English (or subtitled in English), I have included a few popular French mysteries (Spiral, Candice Renoir, and Mensonges).  Whichever you’re preferences, you’re bound to find a mystery series worth your time.


All the mystery series in the list below are available at the Ottawa Public Library.  Click the link below for the full list.


Detective Series Worth Investigatingby Cathy_Library

This list highlights some of the detective (mystery) series available at the Ottawa Public Library. Note that only season one and mini-series are listed, but many of these titles have multiple seasons. This list includes different styles of mystery from the lighter cozy mystery right up to some of the more darker thrillers.